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Rehabilitation Services

Updated: Mar 5

A deeper look into rehab services: What they are and why you might need them


Article Provided by Bonner General Health    

I hope most have heard about the new Rehabilitation equipment at BGH, thanks to the fundraising efforts of our Foundation over the last couple of years. The EksoNR Exoskeleton is a rehab technology, retraining the brain and body to walk after stroke, injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other conditions. Bonner General Health is the only facility In Idaho and the surrounding region with this equipment! In addition to this new technology, Performance Therapy Services, the rehabilitation entity of Bonner General Health, offers many services with highly trained therapists across four locations.

Vestibular Rehabilitation - Vertigo is the sensation of spinning, causing dizziness and feeling off balance, and is common, occurring in nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults in their lifetime. Symptoms of vertigo can include vision problems, hearing loss or ringing in one or both ears, nausea and vomiting. It can be quite debilitating without proper treatment. A physical therapist performs vestibular therapy and can improve safety, balance and the ability to focus.  

Aqua Therapy - Aqua therapy aims to treat injury, disability and disease with the rehabilitative properties of water. The Aqua Fit features an underwater treadmill with parallel bars for support and variable water depth, promoting muscle relaxation, improving strength, range of motion, muscle coordination and balance, and overall function independence. Aqua therapy is used to treat many conditions, including arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, joint injury and replacement, pregnancy-related pain, stroke and more.  

Hand Therapy - Hand therapy involves evaluating, identifying and treating any condition or injury to the upper extremities: shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand. Conditions such as arthritis, carpal tunnel and tendonitis can benefit from hand therapy. Additionally, fractures, nerve and tendon disorders, post-operative surgical hand conditions, and sports injuries can be treated with hand therapy. A certified hand therapist (CHT) will work closely with your provider to establish an individualized treatment plan to address your needs.    

LSVT Big & Loud Parkinson's Therapy - Parkinson's disease (PD) is a brain condition that causes problems with movement, mental health, sleep, pain, and other health issues. There is no cure for PD, and the condition gets worse over time. (World Health Organization) There are approximately 1 million people in the U.S. living with PD. Common symptoms include tremors, painful muscle contractions and difficulty speaking. However, there are therapies and medicines to reduce symptoms, such as LSVT Big and Loud Therapy. LVST Big aims to increase movement, leading to better balance, increased trunk rotation, and overall quality of life, while LVST Loud addresses help to improve speech and voice function.

As Michelle Tucker, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Bonner General Health, shares, “The therapists at Performance Therapy Services have the highest level of certification and advanced training for the programs offered to assist our patients to get back to living their best lives.

All therapies are provided at our Sandpoint and Priest River locations with a referral from your provider. For a complete list of Bonner General Health services, visit our website,


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